|This is the fray's hope section (hope is the thing with feathers). The sections hold links to the most recent three stories the rest are on an archive page. The icon of the section you're in is lit up, jack-o-lantern style, and blown up and darker on the other side. This is all an attempt to tell the user where they are in a non-verbal, intuitive way.
When I was desgning the look of fray, I knew I wanted to use black for its mysterious feeling, but I needed a color to complement it. I chose purple because it's the default color for a followed link in Netscape. I wanted the fray to feel familiar like someplace you've been before.